May Day 2019 all over the world

This 13 April 2019 video says about itself:

Labour Day 2019 | International Workers’ Day | History & Facts

Labour day is also known as International Workers’ Day or May Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. It takes place every year on May 1.

US teachers in the Carolinas to hold mass protests on May Day: here.

From the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka:

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to hold May Day meeting in Colombo

The new wave of international class struggle and the fight for socialism

26 April 2019

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting at New Town Hall in Colombo on May 1 at 3 p.m. to mark the international workers’ day.

The SEP meeting is being organised in defiance of suggestions that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government will attempt to use last Sunday’s terrorist bombings as a pretext for banning May Day events. If the government bans May Day, the SEP and the IYSSE will fight to mobilise workers to defend their right to celebrate this long-held tradition of the working class.

The central theme of the SEP/IYSSE event will be the rising wave of international class struggles and the fight for socialism. We urge workers, youth and intellectuals to attend the Colombo May Day rally and also register and participate in the International Committee of the Fourth International’s Online May Day Rally on May 4.

Exploiting the terrorist attacks, the government has imposed draconian emergency regulations, censored social media and given the military and police sweeping powers to arrest and detain people. The purpose of these anti-democratic measures is not to stop terrorist attacks but to crack down on the growing struggles of the working class and oppressed masses against the government’s austerity measures.

The global financial crisis of 2008 was a systemic breakdown of capitalist profit system. In every country, the ruling elites responded by unleashing brutal austerity measures aimed at placing the burden of the crisis onto working people.

Workers are rising up around the world in an ever-widening wave of strikes and protests in an attempt to defeat the unrelenting attacks on their living standards and basic social and democratic rights. The past six months has seen strikes by more than 70,000 workers in Matamoros, Mexico, thousands of teachers in the United States, and more recently 300,000 teachers in Poland, as well as millions of workers in India, over 100,000 plantation workers in Sri Lanka and the “yellow vest” protests in France.

The ruling class has responded to the international upsurge with repression and rapid moves towards dictatorial forms of rule. This agenda is being advanced in Sri Lanka with the bogus pretexts of “fighting terrorism” and conducting a “war on drugs”.

The imperialist powers, led by the US, are spending billions on the military while attacking free speech and censoring socialist, left-wing and anti-war publications, in preparation to drag mankind into a catastrophic third world war. This is what lies behind the persecution and illegal imprisonment of WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who courageously exposed US war crimes.

The urgent task confronting the working class, whether in the advanced or less developed capitalist countries, is the development of a unified world movement to overthrow capitalism and establish workers’ government to implement socialism and put an end to imperialist war, social inequality and dictatorship.

We call upon workers, young people and WSWS readers to attend the Colombo May Day meeting that will discuss this revolutionary perspective.

Date and time: Wednesday, May 1, 3 p.m.

Venue: New Town Hall, Green Path, Colombo

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) in Sri Lanka held a successful May Day meeting at the New Town Hall in Colombo on the afternoon of May 1. The meeting’s theme was “The rising wave of international class struggle and the fight for socialism.” Some 200 workers, students, youth, professionals and housewives, including SEP members and supporters from areas throughout the island, including war-ravaged Jaffna peninsula, attended the meeting, despite the government’s efforts to exploit the Easter terror attacks by banning any May Day celebrations: here.

3 thoughts on “May Day 2019 all over the world

  1. 1 mei, Leeuwarden: debat over de actualiteit van het vrij socialisme van Domela

    “Op woensdag 1 mei zullen we een bijeenkomst houden in Zalen Schaaf. Hetzelfde onderkomen waar ruim 125 jaar geleden duizenden Friezen opkwamen voor het recht op de achturige werkdag. We zijn benieuwd naar de actualiteit van Domela’s gedachtegoed en doen dat door terug te blikken naar een debat tussen Piter Jelles Troelstra en Domela Nieuwenhuis van weleer”, aldus de oproep. Woensdag 1 mei. Vanaf 19:30 uur. Zalen Schaaf, Breedstraat 48, Leeuwarden. Lees meer:

    1 mei, Tilburg: demonstratie “Onttroon de winst! Haal de solidariteit terug!” (met aansluitende lezing van Dennis Bos)

    Op 1 mei organiseert “Een Mei Tilburg” zoals ieder jaar een 1 mei-demonstratie. ““Onttroon de winst! Haal de solidariteit terug!”, is deze keer het motto. En net als in andere jaren organiseert de Tilburgse Anarcho Sociëteit aansluitend weer een lezing van historicus Dennis Bos! Deze keer zal hij spreken “over de keuzes die Amsterdamse socialisten in de periode van 1880 tot 1920 maakten tussen activisme en parlementarisme en de consequenties die ze daarvan ondervonden”. Titel: “De macht van de staat en de macht van de straat”. Demonstratie. Woensdag 1 mei. Vanaf 17:00 uur. Heuvel, Tilburg. Lezing. Vanaf 19:30 uur. Kunstmaan, Goudenregenstraat 15-6, Tilburg. Lees meer:

    1 mei, Nijmegen: Dag van de Arbeiders-demonstratie

    Op “woensdag 1 mei, Dag van de Arbeiders, gaan werkende mensen over de hele wereld de straat op om de arbeidersklasse in al haar diversiteit te vieren. Ook in Nijmegen gaan we de straat op om de arbeidersklasse en haar potentieel om de wereld te veranderen, te vieren. We herdenken de moedige voorvechters van arbeidsrechten uit het verleden, maar staan ook stil bij de bedreigingen waarmee we vandaag de dag worden geconfronteerd. Of het nu gaat om de rechtse en extreem-rechtse politici in Den Haag, of reactionaire katholieken in Nijmegen: het lukt ze steeds beter om mensen te verdelen met hun racistische, seksistische, lhbt+-fobe bagger”, aldus de oproep van de organisatoren. Woensdag 1 mei. Vanaf 18.00 uur. Stationsplein, Nijmegen. Lees meer:

    1 mei, Amsterdam: demonstratie Dag van de Arbeid

    “Deze dag staat in het teken van de échte helden van Nederland. Mensen die elke dag hun bed uitkomen om ons land draaiend te houden. En mensen die dat jarenlang hébben gedaan. Samen hebben we van Nederland een geweldig mooi land gemaakt. Waar we goed kunnen leven en werken. En daar mogen we trots op zijn! Dus vieren we op de Dag van de Arbeid wat we hier voor hebben bereikt: de achturige werkdag, vrij zijn in het weekend, vakantiedagen, veilige en gezonde werkomstandigheden en nog heel veel meer. Maar we laten ook zien wat we willen: een eerlijk salaris, een goed contract en een fatsoenlijk pensioen”, aldus de oproep van de FNV. Woensdag 1 mei. Vanaf 14:00 uur. Museumplein, Amsterdam. Lees meer


  2. May 1 — International Workers Day — is day of global worker solidarity. In countries around the world, workers will be going out on strike, demonstrating, and marching to demand justice and liberation for all workers.

    In 2006, migrant workers put May Day back on the map for the struggle in the U.S. in a major way, with a general strike and demonstrations from coast to coast.

    Trump and other sections of the ruling class around the world are attempting to divide and conquer the global working class with racism and bigotry. We must declare May 1 to be a day of militant actions that boldly asserts: ‘No Walls in the Workers Struggle!’

    Whether in the form of physical walls and concentration camp-like detention centers, or in the many ways bosses use racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and anti-LGBTQ2S oppression to divide us, on May Day 2019 we will work to tear down these walls and raise global working class solidarity to fight back against these attempts to break our unity. Solidarity is our greatest weapon.

    Join us in this call to action: Make May Day ‘No Walls in the Workers Struggle’

    The growing International Workers Solidarity Network will share information on May Day demonstrations planned in the U.S. and around the world – submit details of your May Day action here.

    We are also preparing placards, leaflets, and other materials for use at local May Day activities that will be available on the website in the coming days.


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